Lawyer Pressures Antigua & Barbuda Football Association to Fulfill Medical Obligations for Injured Player


Lawyer Pressures Antigua & Barbuda Football Association to Fulfill Medical Obligations for Injured Player

To secure necessary medical treatment for injured national football player, Tevaughn Harriet, his attorney Wendel G. Alexander of W.G. Alexander & Associates has issued an urgent demand to the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA).

Harriet, who suffered severe injuries during a training session with the Senior National Football Team in March 2018, is now at the center of a growing controversy over unmet medical needs and unfulfilled promises by the national football governing body.

Addressed to Ms. Gwen Salmon, President of the ABFA, the detailed letter outlines the chronology of events and medical interventions that Mr. Harriet has endured, including two surgeries with a pending third crucial operation—a meniscus transplant in Spain by Dr. Ramon Cugat, a specialist in orthopaedic sports medicine.

Despite initial commitments, Mr. Harriet’s legal team claims that the ABFA has consistently delayed and avoided their responsibility to finance this essential surgery.

The legal demands highlight that Mr. Harriet’s case is not just a matter of athletic career sustainability but one of basic mobility and quality of life.

Without the operation, doctors warn that Mr. Harriet could lose the use of his right knee, drastically impacting his daily living and potentially confining him to a wheelchair.

The letter references several occasions where ABFA executives, including the former President Everton “Batow” Gonsalves and General Secretary Rohan Hector, had agreed to provide support.

These commitments, reaffirmed as recently as April 2024, have led to growing frustration and urgency from Mr. Harriet’s representation due to the lack of action.

The cost of surgery, including travel, accommodation, and post-operative therapy, amounts to $159,744.72 EC—a figure Mr. Harriet’s legal team argues should be covered under the comprehensive insurance provided to registered players through FIFA Connect, highlighting a breach in player welfare obligations by the ABFA.

Alexander’s letter is a stark call for immediate resolution, setting a stringent deadline for the ABFA’s response within five working days.

It underscores the legal and ethical responsibilities of sports associations to ensure the well-being of their athletes, especially when such commitments have been publicly and repeatedly acknowledged.

The situation has caught the attention of the local and sports community, raising questions about the effectiveness and accountability of sports governance in Antigua & Barbuda.

As the deadline approaches, all eyes are on the ABFA to step up and fulfill their obligations, with the health and future of a national athlete hanging in the balance.

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  1. If he was in the virgin islands or somewhere the would be covered, independent countries violate their citizens human rights because they are answerable to none.

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